Midweek XI vs Hagley – 8th August 2017
Visitors Hagley CC, on tour from Worcestershire, were met with a very strong BCC side indeed, writes Bryn Jones.
There were some very notable names on the team sheet, including several regular first teamers, the likes of club captain Gary Chappell and former captain Tim Piper had made themselves available. In coloured kits, BCC were in T20 mood.
Women’s cricket has returned to Bradninch this season with a bang, and as such, ladies’ captain Megan Acton was selected to play, alongside Australian — Emily Cramb.
Hagley chose to bat first and struggled to get the ball away with Chaps rolling back the years and bowling left-arm seamers down the hill.
Piper also bowled an over of tidy seam before Hagley took a liking to his “unorthodox spin” in his 2nd over.
The bowling was chopped and changed, with wickets falling at regular intervals. Liam Reed impressed with a couple of wickets, one clean-bowling the batsman, sending his leg-stump cartwheeling. Will Greig’s defensive line of bowling also proved effective as he claimed a wicket by a catch in the deep. Skipper for the day Chris Acton brought himself on to bowl and added yet another ‘caught Acton, bowled Acton’ combination to Bradninch scorecards.
A full toss was smashed into the deep at long off, where daughter Megan was on hand to race in and take a very smart low catch.
Emily Cramb was then given the chance to bowl from the tennis court end. With four very economical overs, Cramb showed just why she has warranted international selection for the Australia indoor cricket team in the past. After seeing a catch grassed at cover and a few ‘oh so nearlies’, Emily’s consistent bowling was rewarded when he partner and BCC overseas player Matt Foster smartly effected a stumping, giving her her first Bradninch wicket.
Hagley finished their innings 118-9.
Chris Acton and young Tom Bunker opening the Bradninch reply and were separated early on when Acton was clean-bowled.
Rory Thomas came to the crease and immediately accelerated the run-rate, hitting his first two deliveries for massive sixes. Thomas made a quick 20 before being dismissed.
That wicket brought Megan Acton to the crease, who was able to push her second ball into the covers for a single to get off the mark.
She was the next batter out shortly after, giving away a catch to the wicket keeper. Will Greig was in and out for 1, and Thom Bunker followed shortly after for a well made 27.
Two new men at the crease were Chappell and Liam Reed who struck up a nice partnership, rotating the strike until Reed eventually was dismissed for 11.
Emily Cramb was next in and manoeuvred the ball nicely. Chappell then fell to a skied catch to mid-wicket. Tim Piper joined Cramb and the two brought Bradninch to within sight of victory.
Cramb was bowled out having made 11, including one boundary. With just 10 needed, Matt Foster strode to the crease, and after taking a couple of balls to have a look, despatched two consecutive 6s into the car park to seal the game for Bradninch.
A very competitive game in which contributions were made by each player.
Credit to Hagley for playing the game in the very best spirit.